A drum set, unlike individual musical instruments, enables a musician to accessorise and add a variety of pieces to it. You can keep your drums for decades or continually customize the drum set by buying new pieces, removing some or changing others - as your drumming style dictates.
Cymbals are one of the key pieces in a drum set. You use to keep time, add an interesting sound to your music. Buying cymbals can be expensive and quite a process.
Here are a few tips and insight on buying new and used cymbals for your kit:
Many drummers, particularly newer ones, fall into the trap of thinking they need a huge drum kit with plenty of cymbals and other add-ons. In reality, you simply need to consider your playing style or genre, and buy the cymbals to suit.
The three most important cymbals are the hi-hat and ride, which assist with keeping time, and a crash cymbal, which is used for effect. These are the ones you will want to invest in first.
There are other plenty of other cymbals for sale that will give varying effects to your music. One that you might wish to consider is a splash cymbal. This tends to be a smaller and higher in pitch than the crash cymbal.
When buying a new drum set, you should be aware that it is likely going to include some stock cymbals. These cymbals are typically flimsy and easy to break. Often these cymbals are traded at a later time for more sturdier professional grade ones.
So, before purchasing a drum set, check the quality of the cymbals. If they are the flimsy stock ones and you feel as if they’re going to break after a few weeks, start looking for some more reliable ones! However, you might discover that the ones with the set are of good quality and worth holding on to.
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Cymbals and hardware can be pricey. Look for a sales promotion or see if you can find a good deal where the hardware and cymbals come together.
A great way to get a good deal when buying new cymbals is to look for cymbal packs as they usually come at a discounted price.
The pack may consist of numerous essential cymbals, as well as various accent or crash cymbals.
For top quality that rarely disappoints, check out cymbal brands such as Sabian, Zildjian and Meinl.
What to know about buying pre-owned Cymbals
Plenty of people choose to buy second hand cymbals since the price is discounted. Most of the time they will still sound great, even if they have slight wear and dents.
Before buying used cymbals, be sure to do your research. If you are not able to inspect the used cymbals personally, but want to be sure they are still in good condition, make sure you ask the seller for close up pictures.
Some drummers buy a combination of new and used cymbals as a way to save money. If you plan to do this, you may want to buy your standard cymbals - ride, hi-hat and crash - new and then buy any accent cymbals such as different pitched crash or splash cymbals, pre-owned.
What to know about buying new Cymbals
It is quite common, and popular, to buy new cymbals. Buying new guarantees a extended lifespan for your cymbals and you don’t have to worry about dents, dings or any other damage that may offset the sound. You can be assured that they will last quite a while.
The only major downside to buying new cymbals is the price. Buying brand new is certainly the most expensive option.
However, if you’re a drummer whot only needs a small cymbal setup, such as a jazz drummer, buying cymbals is not as expensive as it would be for a more technical drummer who wants a lot of accent cymbals.